A resident of 13th Main Road in Anna Nagar West, Sindhu Rajesh, said, “It is tough to cross the stretch as vehicles rarely at the red signal. They keep moving in groups with scant regard to the rules. It is tough to negotiate the traffic in the peak hours. The motorists always try to cross the signal at high speed.”
The vital road connects the busy stretch of Koyambedu with the Northern parts of Chennai, including Ambattur, Madhavaram and Avadi.
Another resident, Sarvana Manikandan, said, “The zebra crossing ideally should have reflectors. But there is no such facility here. It has no adequate lighting in the whole stretch and the lack of reflectors also add to the woes of pedestrians. It is not easy for one person to cross to the stretch alone. The motorists slow down while seeing a group of walkers crossing the stretch. It means we have to wait patiently for others to join.”
The senior citizens are the worst affected among the public. “We need considerably more time to get across the road. It is difficult to negotiate the traffic during the evening hours. We need the assistance of an unknown person to get out of the situation,” said M Sundaram, a longtime resident.
Residents claim that traffic policemen are occasionally spotted in the signal. “Sometimes I find them during the late hours. But they will be standing on the sidewalk of the stretch without manning traffic. Their presence in the middle of the road would curb violations. Apparently, they are not actively engaged in monitoring the traffic.”
Residents echo that stationing a permanent traffic cop at the junction will help reduce the traffic violations here.
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